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NMU football gameday guide: Don’t forget there’s futbol before the football

September 21, 2012 - Matt Wellens

MARQUETTE — It’s Homecoming week at Northern Michigan University, and a busy Homecoming week it has been.

NMU hired a new women’s track and field coach, and the Wildcat hockey team began its first week of coaches’ practices, though they are limited to only two hours a week. I was able to observe an hour, snap this quick photo, then it was back to football.

Saturday is even more jam packed, starting with the Wildcat women’s soccer team hosting Michigan Tech at 11 a.m.

After the soccer match, you can head down to Third Street for the NMU Gameday Community Block Party, which will feature food from Togo’s, Stucko’s, Border Grill and the Casa. Booze has not been advertised, though I heard a rumor there will be some.

If you can’t live without booze at your tailgate party, then get your munchies to go and head over to parking lots 55 or 58 and down a 30-pack of Busch Light there.

Northern’s Homecoming game against Ashland begins at 2 p.m. at the Superior Dome. The sad story I followed this week in practice was the right knee injury suffered by NMU junior wide receiver and offensive captain Christian Marble-King on Tuesday. He has been ruled out for Saturday’s game and his season is in jeopardy.

Besides monitoring CMK’s status, I broke down redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Morley after just three games. Head coach Chris Ostrowsky sees his roller coaster start as a positive and reminds us it has only been three games for the rookie QB.

Three games is why I advocated in a column today Northern stick with Morley this season and avoid playing musical quarterbacks.

Game notes for NMU can be found by clicking here. You can ignore the depth chart on Page 7 that lists CMK and redshirt freshman Trey Hipke at WR. Both are out. Look for freshman Sterlin Darling to fill in as the third wide out behind sophomore Julian Gaines and junior Christian Jessie.

Ashland’s game notes can be found at this link. Looks like they were produced using Microsoft Word.

Team’s aren’t ranked on how their game notes look, however. They’re ranked based on something called wins and losses. The Eagles happen to have no losses and three wins, so that’s why they are ranked No. 17 in this week’s AFCA Div. II poll.

The Ashland Times Gazette covers the Eagles football team and has a website, but its stories are locked away unless you subscribe to the newspaper. None of my readers are going to buy a subscription to a newspaper just to read one story, so no link for them. See how well paywalls work Journalism?

Where is Ashland, Ohio anyways? It’s right next to Mansfield, so it is in the middle of nowhere.

Wikipedia tells us Ashland, Ohio is on the fringe of Amish country, which backs up my middle of nowhere comment above.

Wikipedia also tells us the town is famous for its welcome sign, which declares Ashland “The world headquarters of nice people.”

Doesn’t sound like my kind of town. Nice people, no Best Buy and only one Starbucks? I don’t think so Ashland.



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